I though this interesting.
"The Butcher?s Achilles Heel"
"It turns out that ruthless, blood-thirsty crackdowns aren?t all that great for business ?Bashar Assad?s survival plan is beginning to show some cracks in the form of waning investor confidence and a deteriorating economic outlook.
The Syrian central bank is instituting emergency measures to limit the convertibility of the Syrian pound ? a sign that its foreign currency reserves are under pressure from currency flight and sanctions on oil exports ? while a number of indicators suggest that domestic economic activity is grinding to a halt.
With the US still reeling from the ?days, not weeks? war in Libya, the UN handcuffed by guaranteed opposition from Russia and China, and Turkey still on the fence, it may be that the economy is the only enemy that can force Assad from power."
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Also though Max Boots article telling about our administration. They always seem late.
"Obama?s Delay Helped Assad"
"On Wall Street it matters not only that you make the right investment picks but that you make them at the right time: if you wait too long a great stock may no longer be a good bargain. The same principle applies in foreign policy: It?s not just a question of making the right policy calls?it?s also a question of making them in a timely manner. That is something this administration seems to struggle with, and the result is that the U.S. appears increasingly left behind by the fast pace of events in the Middle East."